Assorted Street Photographs Around the World – Magnum Photography Awards 2017

Today marks an important milestone for me. I participated in my first photography competition. But not any competition – the Magnum Photography Awards 2017. For those unfamiliar with Magnum Photos: it is one of the most prestigious international photographic cooperatives which can count among its founders people like: Robert Capa, David “Chim” Seymour, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger, William Vandivert,…

Street Photography as Story Telling

Many street photography tutorials discuss reoccuring topics, such as focussing techniques, composition, candid shooting, etc. However, I believe that one topic is underrepresented – storytelling. Many composition principles in street photography are the same as in other kinds of photography. In addition, there needs to be some additional element of interest in the scene as well –…

Outdoor Portrait Photography with Flash and Sunlight  (3 Photographs)

Despite a good start with an overcast morning, to my disapointment, the day became really nice and sunny. Clearly, not very ideal conditions for an outdoor portrait shoot in the winter with leafless trees. This time again, my good friend Verena volunteered to model for the photo shoot. On short notice, I could not get…

Street Photography Japan – Part II: Pop Culture and Tradition (8 Photographs)

A trip to Japan leaves you with many different impressions. Part I focussed on the street life after midnight. Part II consists of 8 photographs together depicting contrast between modernity and tradition. One of the starkest contrasts can be found where traditional, religious life meets modern pop culture. Rather than covering technology as an aspect of modernity,…

Street Photography Japan – Part I: After Midnight (5 photographs)

After Midnight, no trains or subways are bringing you home. Osaka and Tokyo are some of the densest populated cities in the world and the nightlife is bustling. But as in the Cinderella story, at midnight, most of the bubbly atmosphere comes to an end. A friend told me, it is probably good that way. Having to…

Japan Modern Architecture and Cityscapes (7 pictures)

Less than a week ago I returned from a 18 days stay in Japan. I lived in Osaka in the Shinsaibashi neighbourhood, which is a great hub near some major sightseeing areas. I visited Kyoto, Kobe and Tokyo on the weekends. This blog post exhibits a couple of pictures of modern architecture and cityscapes. The…